The RJ reported today the BLM will spend $23 million for a new visitor center. I can think of lots of projects that would be more beneficial to hikers. How about improving trails and signs? The trail to
One of the most needed projects is more parking at various trailheads. On weekends Pine Creek's parking lot fills up by 10 am. Even the parking lot at Sandstone Quarry is becoming too crowded on the weekends. And let's talk about every hiker’s worst road, the Scenic Loop. It's nice to drive the first few times, but after 100+ trips it's a waste of time and gas. Why not take that money and make the Scenic Loop a two way road or, at least, a two way road from Pine Creek to the exit? Either option would eliminate tons of congestion.
Here's the real reason a new visitor center is being built. In the mind of many BLM employees a trip to Red Rock includes a stop at the visitor center, driving the Scenic Loop, and maybe getting out of the car and walking 100 feet. In other words: no hiking.
Here's a test you can do to validate the above acusation. Go into the visitor center and ask them about
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